By Linda Sauget

—-bird in hand—-

There once was a wise man who had the right answer to any question, and a young boy who was determined to stump him.

The boy’s idea was to catch a small sparrow and hold it cupped in his hands. He would ask the wise man if the bird was dead or alive. lf the wise man said the bird was dead, he would open his hands and let the bird fly away. If the wise man said the bird was alive, the young boy would crush it. No matter what the wise man answered, the young boy would make sure the answer was wrong.

As the tale goes, the boy went to see the wise man…”Tell me, sir, is the bird I hold in my hands dead or alive?” The wise man thought for a moment and said, “Young man, the answer is in your hands. lt is up to you to kill that bird or let him live. Remember this, you always have the answer. The answer is always in your hands. lt is always up to you.”

We look for answers from teachers, gurus, therapists, friends, family members, the daily horoscope, psychics, seminars and books. We consult advice columns, astrological charts, the lnternet, and blogs. But we have the answers within ourselves.

Think of a question you want answered and follow this simple exercise. Ask yourself the question and notice the first thing that comes to your mind. That answer is your inner intelligence, your intuitive knowledge, your inner guidance. Galileo said, “We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves.”Whatever the question, you have the answer. Trust yourself and look within.

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